October 2010

Ooooooo those Iona boys

October 29, 2010 - 02:15

There has been much mud slinging from what is supposed to be respected attorneys like Mr. Trachten and bloggers like Care4NewRo concerning New Rochelle City Court Judge candidate Cynthia Lobo. This resulted from two mindsets, one; the loyal Kool-Aid drinking Democrats and two; desperate people in the Kettner campaign that realize Cynthia Lobo is the most qualified and diverse candidate. But history has a funny way of repeating itself. In the closing days of Kettner’s failed city council campaign Kettner shot herself in the foot with the conflict of interest concerning her position as chairman of the Board of Appeals on Zoning (BAZ). Ms. Kettner continues to chair the BAZ while her campaign filings show lawyers and architects who appear before her as donors. Lawyers like former mayor Rippa and architects like Stanziale who have appeared before Kettner throughout the current judicial campaign. Kettner also touts herself as “New Rochelle’s own” and believes a judge should “invest in New Rochelle” but a judgeship is not a birthright and Kettner spent over $3,000 with businesses outside New Rochelle for palm card design and printing. Today, in the closing days of what will be Kettner’s failed attempt to become New Rochelle City Court Judge I heard Ms. Kettner’s approved WVOX radio solicitation.

New Rochelle East End Civic Assn. Candidate Forum: Peter Parente v. Jared Rice

October 29, 2010 - 00:18

The East End Civic Association held what is the last community forum scheduled prior to election day for candidates for the unexpired term of James Stowe for the District 3 Council Seat.

East End Candidates Forum: Peter Parente Introductory Remarks

East End Candidates Forum: Jared Rice Introductory Remarks

East End Candidates Forum: Audience Q&A on Basement Flooding/Raw Sewage, Holding Developers Accountable for their Promises


The City Official Who Started the DA Investigation, Friday 11 AM Talk of the Sound Radio on WVOX UPDATED WITH PODCAST

October 28, 2010 - 22:01

MYSTERY SOLVED: City Council Member Lou Trangucci is the person who brought forward the complaint which led to the investigation of the New Rochelle Department of Public Works by the Westchester County District Attorney.


WVOXLogo.jpgOn Talk of the Sound Radio on Friday morning at 11 AM, we will have an exclusive interview with the person who took actions that kicked off what has become one of if not the the biggest corruption investigations in recent New Rochelle history, a months long investigation of the New Rochelle Department of Public Works by the Westchester District Attorney's Office of Public Integrity.

We will ask out mystery guest to identify themselves and then walk us through the events that led to the DA's investigation. Tune in tomorrow to learn the identity of a true New Rochelle hero, someone willing to stand up for the honest people of New Rochelle and protect all our interest from the criminal parasites who have attached themselves to our City like so many bedbugs.

Westchester DA Investigating New Rochelle Department of Public Works over Falsified Billing Records


...boxes of invoices received by the DA's office were submitted by a City official. Investigators began looking at other invoices and other vehicles and are now working their way through two years of questionable DPW invoices worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars...this City official was observed standing at a photocopier, meticulously copying a large number of DPW files. Word that DPW records were being copied in bulk spread like wildfire around City Hall... a senior City official independently obtained boxes of DPW invoices for the purpose of taking the highly unusual step of openly bypassing the City Manager and Police Commissioner and going straight to the Public Integrity division of the District Attorney...this suggests a significant lack of confidence in Mr. Strome and Police Commissioner Carroll.

Mayor Bloomberg Endorses Cohen for State Senate

October 28, 2010 - 22:01

New York City Mayor: We Need Fresh and Energetic New Leaders in Albany Like Bob Cohen.

WHITE PLAINS – Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Bob Cohen (R,I,C) to be the next state Senator representing the 37th District. To date, Cohen is the only challenger for state Senate that Mayor Bloomberg has endorsed.

“Albany is broken and it has been for too long,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It's time for a change. Bob Cohen is a businessman, not a career politician, and he is running to bring fiscal order to Albany. I’m an independent and I support candidates for office from both parties who I think are best for New York State. That’s why I’m strongly supporting Bob Cohen for State Senate in Westchester.”

Mr. Cohen said, “Mayor Bloomberg has been a model for independent leadership and has shown great courage and determination in taking on the special interests who have taken over Albany. From the Senate, I look forward to working with him to reform our corrupt government, reduce what has become the highest tax burden in the nation, and create more stable, good-paying jobs. I could not be more honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg and I thank him for his support and confidence in my campaign.”

New York State Comptroller Statement on MTA Toll Increases

October 28, 2010 - 21:47

My audits have found any number of steps the MTA could implement to save hundreds of millions of dollars. But instead of taking a hard look at how the MTA spends money to achieve much-needed cost savings, the MTA continued to take the easy way out by increasing tolls for New York commuters. New Yorkers would be better served if the MTA decreased inefficiencies by further reducing overtime costs and looking for opportunities to share services.

New Rochelle Rowing Club "Open Row" Event This Saturday -- Novice Rowers Encouraged to Attend

October 28, 2010 - 19:40


New Rochelle Rowing Club says "Come dressed in costume. Try sweep and sculling on the Sound! Bring a friend and tell a friend!"

You must print and bring with you the following NYRA Waiver and Release Form.

New Rochelle Rowing Club is located on the water in the parking area adjacent to Hudson Park.

New Rochelle Fire Department Manages Mob Inside Spectators Bar on North Avenue

October 28, 2010 - 18:46

SpectatorsMob.jpgLast weekend, the New Rochelle Fire Department evacuated over 600 patrons of Spectators in downtown New Rochelle on Saturday after a mob of people from the Iona College homecoming events further down the road descended upon the popular bar and grill. The capacity is listed as 150. The crowd grew past midnight into Sunday morning and by 1 am the revelers were packed like sardines. Between 1 am and 3 am, the NRFD and NRPD worked to remove everyone from the building -- the count was reported 665 people -- and then let back in 150 leaving hundreds more roaming the streets and sidewalks outside the bar.


Maybe the limit doesn't count if the NRFD occupancy certificate is blank (photo above)

Spectators Sports Bar was ranked one of the top places to go in Westchester, selected in the Nightlife category as "Best Out-of-Frat-House Experience" where "the co-eds are just as cute and the beer just as cheap" as you remember from your college days. Gary Torigian is quoted saying “It’s like Happy Hour twenty-four/seven".

Iona College Poll Shows Bob Cohen Closing on Suzi Oppenheimer for State Senate

October 28, 2010 - 18:35

Decision 2010 Tracking Poll Shows Bob Cohen Gaining on Suzi Oppenheimer

Slight Majority of Voters Also Trust Cohen More To Fix the State’s Economy

State Senate Race 37.jpgWHITE PLAINS, NY (October 28, 2010) A second poll of the race for New York State’s 37th Senate District between incumbent Suzi Oppenheimer (D) (WF) and challenger Bob Cohen (R) (C) (I) just got more interesting with Cohen closing Oppenheimer’s lead from 10 to 6 percentage points, a net gain of 4 points, since the last poll conducted on October 13, 2010, according to a RNN-TV/Westchester County Association (WCA) Decision 2010 poll conducted by Iona College.

When asked whom they would vote for in the election, 48% said Oppenheimer, 42% said Cohen and 10% remain undecided. This compares to the previous Decision 2010 poll showing 47% for Oppenheimer, 37% for Cohen, and 16% undecided.

Iona Prep Homecoming/Family Day & Alumni Reunions

October 28, 2010 - 18:08

IonaPrep_Homecoming.jpgOn Saturday, October 23, 2010, Iona Prep held its Homecoming and Family Day during the varsity football game against Xaverian. Alumni and friends of the Prep gathered at the Verni Center for a fun filled day that included the annual homecoming barbeque and football game. Many classmates returned with their families to reminisce with old friends and catch-up on current happenings. Iona Prep defeated Xaverian 49-13. The next home football game is Saturday October 30 at 1:30 PM against undefeated St. Anthony's. The game will be broadcast by MSG Varsity.

Homecoming Photos


On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Iona Prep hosted its 2010 Alumni Reunions. The reunions were for alums who graduated in years that end with "0" or "5" (1960, '65, '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05). Almost 100 alumni attended the terrific event.

Father Biglin Joins Jeff Klein in Announcing New Law to Protect Houses of Worship from Vandalism

October 28, 2010 - 17:58

Senator Jeff Klein-150.pngNew state law makes it a FELONY to vandalize a house of worship and surrounding property

TUCKAHOE, NY – Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined the Archdiocese of New York’s Vicar of Westchester Reverend Martin J. Biglin, Mayor of Tuckahoe John Fitzpatrick, Pastor Eric Raaser of Immaculate Conception Church of Tuckahoe, Minister Keith Dragt of The Reformed Church, Rabbi Morris Barzilai of Sinai Free Synagogue and Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell of Village Lutheran Churchto announce a new state law which increases criminal penalties for vandalism of houses of worship and their surrounding property. The press conference was held at The Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe – which has multiple statues and a cemetery on its grounds – which will now be covered under this new law.

Klein announced that his bill to increase criminal penalties for vandalism of houses of worship was recently signed into law by Governor Paterson.